Success Stories

Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.

Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

See below.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We were able to get him the help he needed to relieve the pain and make him a more adoptable dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

One dog with a large surgery bill.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

One of our dogs, Holden Hughes, needed a cystotomy (and neuter). He had two huge bladder stones that prevented him from peeing except for dribbling. He had an enlarged prostate which was pushing his colon askew and interfering with his pooping. He also had a UTI, for which he’s on antibiotics. Removal of the stones and the neuter relieved many of the problems. Holden has not yet been adopted, but he’s learning how to be the best dog he can be while he waits for his future family looks to find him. Meet Holden.

Save-A-Pet: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

The grant funds were used to waive MJ’s $150 adoption fee and were earmarked to provide two years of vet exams and medication for MJ. Sadly, MJ had a heart attack two months after being adopted. The grants funds were used to cover the $993.75 fees at the emergency vet.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant allowed us to waive MJ’s adoption fee and provide her family with funds for her care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Thanks to the grant from the Petfinder Foundation, MJ was able to finally have a loving home. With her fee waived, she was adopted within one week of Save-A-Pet receiving the grant. She spent two months with her loving family before passing away. Her family reported back to us often during that time and they were overjoyed with having her. As you’ll see from the attached pictures, MJ was so happy to be with them. We wish they all could have had longer together, but we are so grateful that the Petfinder Foundation helped MJ’s last days be happy.

Pug Rescue of Austin: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

See below.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The large cost of Maple’s emergency surgery was covered, in part, by your grant. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. And Maple thanks you, too! Maple is a senior pug, and seniors are often harder to raise money for from the public’s donations. This grant was a lifesaver — literally.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Maple was a stray from a shelter in El Paso. Upon our rescuing her, she looked to be about 12 to 13 years old. She was in really bad shape. She came in with foul-smelling urine and an obvious bladder infection. We quickly discovered that she had an enormous stone in her bladder. This type of stone can result from long-term untreated urinary-tract infections. Stones like this can be building for years. The removal of this stone was an absolute emergency! Maple is yet to be adopted, but is in a loving foster home until then. We love our dear Maple so much here at Pug Rescue of Austin. She even made it on a local news station (this was after the surgery that this grant helped us afford for her). Meet Maple.

Hawk Creek Animal Shelter: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

It was used for ProZinc Insulin and diabeties-management food for Clifford.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This helped us continue to care for Clifford and get the meds he needs for a healthy life.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Our shelter cat, Clifford, is a 9-year-old domestic shorthair orange tabby cat. He is diabetic and receives insulin injections twice daily, along with strictly measured amounts of diabetes-management food. Clifford has been with us for more than a year. This grant was very kind, generous and helpful. We had a huge article written in our local newspaper about the wonderful grant made available for Clifford. The sad part is that he hasn’t yet found his forever home. He’s still living with us at the shelter. Meet Clifford.

Underhound Railroad: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

The Senior Pet Adoption Grant was used to cover 15-year-old Allie’s adoption fee so it could be waived and she could be adopted along with her best friend, 4-year-old Alexa.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The Senior Pet Adoption Grant helped in that the adopter did not have to pay two adoption fees but could adopt both Allie and Alexa, paying only Alexa’s adoption fee. So it saved her $375. We also covered all medical bills for both doggies.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Allie is a 15-year-old Chihuahua and her best friend, Alexa, is a 4-year-old Chihuahua. Allie and Alexa’s previous owner moved and was going to dump them at a [high-intake] shelter in South Carolina when a friend intervened to save their lives and Underhound Railroad brought them into rescue. The two Chis were so bonded that Underhound Railroad could not separate them. They remained in foster care in South Carolina until Underhound could bring them up to Maine. Underhound knew they needed to be adopted together. Underhound wanted to give a potential adopter an opportunity to adopt them both, so we applied for the Senior Pet Adoption Grant for Allie through the Petfinder Foundation.

Luckily, it was approved and Allie’s adoption fee was covered and waived to any potential adopter. Allie and Alexa are so sweet and loving! They love all people, dogs, and cats. They are so gentle, great on a leash, and crate-trained. They love to get in your lap and cuddle. Allie just lays her head on you. Alexa is a little shy, so having Allie makes her feel more comfortable.

Underhound Railroad brought them up from South Carolina to their foster home in Aroostook County, Maine. While in foster care, their foster mama just totally fell in love with them and decided that they were in their fur-ever home and adopted both Allie and Alexa. They won’t need to be moved again because they are home, home with their new mama. A foster fusion!

Safe Harbor Lab Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used to pay Honey Bee’s adoption fee, and to provide for her prescription dog food: Royal Canin Glycobalance food for diabetic dogs.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped expedite the adoption of Honey Bee, an 8.5-year-old diabetic Labrador retriever whom we received from a shelter that would not have been able to place her.

We are a foster-based rescue. Once she was adopted, her foster home became free to help another rescued dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Shortly after we received the Petfinder Foundation Senior Pet Adoption Grant, 8.5-year-old Miss Honey Bee was adopted! Nine months earlier, she had been taken to a shelter when she unexpectedly became blind, and was diagnosed with diabetes. A senior Lab in this condition had little chance of a happy ending. We were determined that she would have one. First, there was the challenge of managing her diabetes. Next, could anything be done to restore her vision? Working with a veterinary ophthalmologist, we learned that her blindness was due to cataracts caused by her diabetes. Good news followed: With her diabetes now under control, she was a candidate for their surgical removal. Surgery successfully restored her vision, and with her diabetes managed, Honey Bee saw a wonderful increase in the quality of her life. She was adopted as a loving companion by a recently widowed senior familiar with caring for a diabetic dog.

Houston Homeless Pet Project: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used for the care and comfort of two dogs, one whom was adopted out two years ago and was returned to our care.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The funds were used to pay for boarding, because when we took them in, we had no foster homes for them. It was also used for much-needed veterinary care.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Two dogs were owner-surrendered at Houston City Animal Shelter, a.k.a. BARC. Both were high-heartworm-positive and emaciated (first photo). We were contacted because one of the dogs, a female named Sasha, we adopted out two years ago and her microchip was still registered in our name. She had a male companion that we did not know, but we rescued him as well because the shelter was going to euthanize them within 48 hours if we did not get them.

The male companion dog, we named Dude (second photo). Dude had congestive heart failure because of his heartworm-positive status. He had a cough and would tire easily. He would also fill with fluid. We had the fluid drained and he was put on Lasix. We took him back to the vet the following week and found that he had fluid gain again. We doubled his dosage of Lasix and brought him back for a subsequent visit. We consulted two different veterinarians regarding his condition and we were told that he would not get any better because his heartworm status was too far along. Dude was humanely euthanized on September 19, 2018. There were six of us in attendance with him when he was put to sleep. Of course there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

Sasha, thankfully, was not as bad off as Dude. She was in the boarding facility for approximately six weeks before a foster home opened up for her. Sasha is doing well; she’s still heartworm-positive but she is back to a healthy weight and to look at her you wouldn’t know there was anything wrong with her. Sasha was adopted on November 16, 2018, to a man and woman whose 16-year-old nephew lives with them. She will be the 16-year-old’s companion (third photo). He has been wanting a dog since theirs passed away to old age a year ago.

Thank you very much for approving Houston Homeless Pet Project for this grant. We are very appreciative and it helped us to help Sasha and Dude.

City of Mount Juliet Animal Shelter Volunteer Organization: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Foundation awarded us a $1,000 Adoption Options in Action Grant. With this money, we were able to buy a brand new camera to take appealing and professional pictures of all of our animals to post on our social-media accounts, Petfinder, and our organization’s website in hopes of finding more potential adopters. We were also able to cover the adoption fees for low-income families for nine of our animals. We are still in the process of working with a graphic designer to create a new banner with our new logo on it to take to our adoption events.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped us so much. The pictures we have been posting on our social-media accounts have brought in more people interested in adopting from us. This grant also helped us find nine of our animals forever homes by waiving their adoption fees. One of the dogs who was adopted out, Skydance (third photo), was our longest resident of more than three months. Two of the cats who were adopted, Simone and Nastia (first photo), were long-term residents of three months as well.

How many pets did this grant help?

9

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

This grant helped two of our longtime resident cats, Nastia and Simone, find their forever home. They had both been at the shelter since early August. They were brought to the shelter along with their furbrother Dalton after being dumped inside of a Dumpster. They were very scared and timid. Nastia and Simone weren’t doing very well warming up to humans. They were pretty skittish and would hide when someone walked into the room. After being released from the vet, they all went up for adoption and Dalton got adopted within the first few weeks. With more time spent at the shelter, Nastia and Simone became a bonded pair. Simone became more outgoing and Nastia became more reliant on Simone. When they met their new family, Nastia really came out of her shell. With this grant money, we were able to waive their adoption fees and now they have found their forever home — just in time for the holidays.

Animal Rescue New Orleans: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were used to enrich the lives of shelter dogs.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The Kongs help in so many ways. We fill them with peanut butter or cheese and use them to enrich, distract and calm dogs who are nervous or bored at the shelter. They can also be used as a training tool, especially once they realize what they are getting. It also helps with anxiety and fear. This was truly a great donation which helped our precious rescues. When they are more relaxed, they are also more adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Trylah was a dog pulled from [an open-intake] shelter. She would do so well at adoption events, but did not show well in her run. She was very exited and would jump and bark. We started giving her peanut-butter Kongs on a regular basis. This seemed to help her get some of her anxiety out. Thanks to KONG for making a difference in a shelter dog’s life, all the way to the happy ending! She went to a great home, where she is living the good life.

Helping Animals Live Tomorrow: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used to diagnosis Teddy’s condition. It paid for diagnostic testing and blood work, We were also able to purchase medicine and enzymes for him.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Teddy was very sick with chronic diarrhea and weight loss. Using the grant money, we were able to get an accurate diagnosis and the correct medicine.

How many pets did this grant help?

Just one: Teddy

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We pulled Teddy from a high[-intake] county shelter over the Fourth of July. He came to us with severe diarrhea. In the two weeks he was in the shelter, he had lost 16 lbs., and once in our care, he continued to drop weight at an alarming rate. We took him to the vet and test results stated no giardia or intestinal parasites. Teddy continued to have chronic diarrhea and weight loss.

We researched symptoms and became highly suspicious that teddy could have exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). The grant money funded extensive blood work, x-rays and testing, which validated that Teddy’s levels showed chronic EPI. His pancreas was not allowing him to absorb the nutrients from the food he was eating, causing alarming weight loss.

Sadly, EPI is a lifelong condition that will always need to be controlled by taking enzymes. The cost of the enzymes is $150 every 2-3 weeks. Teddy has not been adopted. We are thankful for your grant, which allowed us to diagnosis Teddy correctly and get the proper medicine to help his condition.